August 24, 2017 RSS feed / Around Town

'Voice' Star Returns Home for Performance

Conversation with Troy Ramey

In 2003, Troy Ramey was a senior at Rogers High School who never dreamed of singing professionally. More...

Newport Looks to Attract National Hall of Fame

Last week, Newport Mayor Harry Winthrop said that discussions were underway with the National Sailing Hall of Fame to relocate to the City by the Sea. More...

Middletown School Committee Approves Student Survey

In its final meeting before the start of the academic year, the Middletown School Committee unanimously approved a states-ponsored student survey that will feature more than 50 multiple-choice questions, including those asking about illicit substance More...

War Memorial Proposed in Middletown

Middletown lawmakers are looking to honor local U.S. servicemen killed in the line of duty. More...

‘The Glass Castle' Doesn't Match Up to Memoir

As Frank McCourt wrote in “Angela’s Ashes,” there’s the miserable childhood and the miserable Irish childhood. Jeannette Walls’s bestselling memoir, “The Glass Castle,” gave us the miserable Appalachian childhood. More...

Visual Arts Come to Life

The “Visual Development Exhibition” will hold an artist reception on Friday, Aug. 25, at the Jamestown Arts Center, from 5 to 7 p.m. Contemporary artist Theresa Girard is the lead artist in residency. More...

Art Exchange

The Portsmouth Arts Guild Gallery and Gallery X of New Bedford are exchanging places for the month of September. Artists in a wide range of media will show in a new space and to new audiences. More...

Art and Music

St. George’s students will entertain guests with a musical performance at an artist reception for Kelsey Miller on Friday, Sept. 8, from 6–7 p.m. in the Hunter Gallery at the school. More...

Music Scene

Thursday, August 24  Buskers Pub–Sean Connell, 8 p.m.- midnight  Noreys–Live jazz, 8:30 p.m.  One Pelham East–Sugar Babies  The Pier–Charlie Meehan, 6-10 p.m. More...

Dual Reenactments Bring History to Life

For two days in August, visitors to Fort Adams and Washington Square can step into a time machine and feel like they are part of history at reenactments of the Civil War and the British Occupation of Newport.  More...

Kittredge Latest Gull to Reach Majors

Right-handed pitcher Andrew Kittredge became the eighth former Newport Gull to reach the Major Leagues on July 18 when he appeared in a game for the Tampa Bay Rays against the Oakland A’s.  More...

Who Took Home the Silverware

Ida Lewis Yacht Club Distance Race   Everyone is back at the dock and telling stories about this year’s Ida Lewis Yacht Club Distance Race. More...

Article

Natalia Harnett (far right), winner of the 2017 Beach Idol Finale, is joined by fellow competitors (shown left to right) Juno Conwell, Ella Oliveira and Cidney Barboza.  Harnett, 9, has been competing for seven years.   More...

Sheffield Redevelopment Moves Forward

Redevelopment of the former Sheffield School on upper Broadway is finally taking the next step in its planed transformation into a technology incubator to be known as Innovate Newport.  More...

Purchase of Lots Hits Snag

HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION

Plans to build two homes at the easterly end of Bridge Street hit a road block at the Newport Historic District Commission meeting on Aug. 15. The two lots north of the Gateway Visitors Center are currently undeveloped. More...

First Responders Paying Tolls Causes Outrage

Calling it “inconceivable,” a Jamestown resident was surprised and upset to discover that firefighters and all first responders across the state must pay a toll to travel across the Newport Bridge.  More...

Another Hotel for Newport Before Planning Board

Owners of the Fifth Element Restaurant on Broadway are proposing to build a 40-room hotel, with parking for 21 cars, at the adjacent parcel at 105 Broadway, which they purchased for $885,000 last October.  More...

Nostalgic, Yet Fresh

Newport native and artist Luke Randall will exhibit a series of oil paintings inspired by vintage Polaroid photographs, mostly taken along the shores of Narragansett Bay. More...

Under Pressure

Clean Ocean Access will be the event beneficiary of the “Under Pressure” gallery opening on Wednesday, Aug. 30, at Caleb & Broad. Photographer/videographer John Harrington will display footage from free-diving expeditions. More...

Pastries and Pastels

Pastries and Pastels, an adult creativity class hosted by local artist and educator Mandy Howe, will be held Monday, Aug. 28, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. No prior experience is needed. More...

SPOTLIGHT on Music

Old Friends Make The Little Compton Band Unique

Typically, bands are comprised of a collection of acquaintances, friends and the occasional stranger snagged from Craigslist. More...

Anglers Singing the Blues

The big blues are not here, and neither are their spawn. The snapper blues, the small fighting fish that usually fill all waterways in early August, have been hard to find and, once discovered, harder to catch. More...

J Class World Through August 26

The First of Its Kind   The first J Class World Championship held in Newport got underway on Tuesday, Aug. 22.  More...

Newport Sailing Calendar

August  .21-26 J Class World Championship - NYYC/ Newport Shipyard  .26 Aloha Cup - ILYC  .26-27 Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta - IYRS  .25-27 NYYC Grandmasters Team Race - NYYC  September  .3 Around the Island Ra More...

On the Horizon Panerai Classic Yacht Regatta

Classic yachts, both power and sail, will be celebrated this weekend with the 38th annual Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta presented by IYRS. Following the Panerai Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta on Friday, Aug. More...